The Victorian Building Authority (VBA) is lifting the standards of conduct for building surveyors to boost competency and put the safety of Victorians first.
Victoria's first Code of Conduct for Building Surveyors, which will improve safety and visibility in the building industry, was launched on 29 June by VBA state building surveyor Andrew Cialini.
The Code was developed in response to industry demand and sweeping recommendations from Professor Peter Shergold AC and Bronwyn Weir in their 'Building Confidence Report'.
The Code clearly sets out examples of inappropriate conduct and establishes eight key areas of professional conduct that building surveyors in Victoria must follow:
- act in accordance with the law and in the public interest
- act with integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality
- perform competently and within the required level of expertise and experience
- act independently
- avoid conflicts of interest
- document and maintain records
- communicate promptly and effectively, and
- provide a complaint handling process and address issues of non-compliance.
Cialini says the vast majority of building surveyors do the right thing, but that it's important to provide more certainty for all industry players on acceptable behaviours and practices.
"Building surveyors are central to building safety and often spot non-compliance with building work – it’s vital they follow the rules to help maintain public safety," he says. "The Code will give clarity of expectations and accountabilities for the statutory role of building surveyors. [Its] principles put public safety and competence at the heart of the building industry. We’re lifting the standards, creating a level playing field."
All building surveyors in Victoria will be required to comply with the Code and any contravention may result in disciplinary action. The Code commences on 1 January 2021.